As much as we would like to stay young forever, our bodies were not designed to last more than a few decades. The organs and tissues start degrading rapidly after a certain age but, if you combine an active lifestyle with a healthy diet and as little stress as possible, you might manage to trick seniorhood and postpone the signs of aging.
Unfortunately, no matter how many miraculous lotions and potions you use and no matter how active you remain, there will always be some organs that would continue to degenerate. Hair loss may be hereditary, but other aging symptoms like the loss of skin elasticity or hearing and seeing problems are inevitable.
Macular degeneration is one of the numerous health issues you might experience with age so here are some useful facts and information you should know about this condition and how it will affect your vision.
What is macular degeneration?
AMD or age-related macular degeneration represents the loss of central vision and mainly occurs when the blood vessels and cells behind the macula (a small part of the retina) start to get thinner and eventually break as they age.
According to the CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in adults that are over 50 years old. It is estimated that around 2 million people suffer from this condition in the United States alone, and another 7.5 million people will develop it in the further years.
This vision problem has two different forms – dry AMD (atrophic), and wet AMD (exudative). Unfortunately, most people suffer from the dry AMD disorder for which there is no cure discovered yet. The “luckier” ones who suffer from exudative AMD might have a chance of recovery with the help of laser procedures should the health issue be discovered in its early stages.
Although there is a large number of symptoms that can be associated with AMD, not all of them lead to this condition. This is why it would be best if you could see an ophthalmologist on a regular basis and run tests as often as possible.
In the early stages, AMD can be associated with a series of symptoms, including a gradual deterioration and eventual loss of the ability to see objects clearly even from a small distance, the loss of color vision or a dark spot in the center of your vision that doesn’t allow you to see too much.
You should be aware of the fact that some of these symptoms can be mistaken by common vision problems that naturally occur with age and require correction through eyeglasses. This is why it would be best to have your eyes carefully checked before receiving a diagnosis.
The regular consumption of certain foods, vitamins, and minerals seem to be able to ameliorate the effects of AMD or even postpone its development.